TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury trial has been set for a former volunteer sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma who says he accidentally shot and killed an unarmed, restrained man.
Seventy-three-year-old Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges during his district court arraignment on Monday. He is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris, who ran from Tulsa County deputies after a sting involving gun sales.
Bates has said he confused his stun gun and handgun in the shooting.
Judge James Caputo set a trial date for Feb. 8 and declined to recuse himself from the case. He had considered stepping down over his close ties to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for several years.